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Meme-morialized

Meme-morialized

By Abby Kimball, Normal Community High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The quantity of empty lockers around NCHS has resulted in students using them to make mock shrines of actors who are not dead. Prior to the start of each school year, the school administration surveys the students regarding their preference for a locker. This has since resulted in a numerous amount ...

‘Courting Darkness’ draws readers in with unique plot elements

‘Courting Darkness’ draws readers in with unique plot elements

By Andrea Butler, Carlmont High School

November 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Elaborate ball gowns, a world of luxury, and a forbidden love story are all elements you’d find in a typical historical fiction book. However “Courting Darkness” embodies a storyline that includes none of those elements. The novel by Robin LaFevers brings realistic historical factors into a genre d...

Evolution of Rap Lyrics

Evolution of Rap Lyrics

By Jordan Avila and Franco Chavez

November 15, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Hip-hop, specifically rap, has become one of the most mainstream styles of music with millions of fans all over the world. When rap first rose to popularity, there were many different styles people used, which made rapping unique. Nowadays, that’s not the case. As generations evolve, so does music,...

Fortnite fever sweeps WHHS

Fortnite fever sweeps WHHS

By Owen Cummings, Walnut Hills High School

November 15, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Five Nights at Freddy’s. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Minecraft. Three multi-million dollar games, and Fortnite has surpassed or is on track to be worth more than each of them. Trailing Minecraft by 4 million copies, Fortnite has sold 140 million copies and is expected to make a collective $2 ...

‘Honey’: Robyn makes a sweet comeback

‘Honey’: Robyn makes a sweet comeback

By Timothy Stolp, Lincoln High School

November 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Eight years since her last solo album, Robyn reclaims her place in the world of underground, melancholic dance pop: the throne. With a considerably foreground reputation, Robyn’s fascination with synths and bizzare sampling sets her apart from many of her contemporaries. Robyn is often compared to ...

The show must go on

The show must go on

By Harshita Avirneni, Vandegrift High School

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Nerves filled the air as the actors paced back and forth, as the circumstances were not what was expected back in September when rehearsals had first started. Everyone was anxious, rerunning lines and going over blocking. The lights dim and the curtain opens, the show must go on. Homeschooled sen...

Double The Trouble: Two Casts Of Clue Take To The Stage

Double The Trouble: Two Casts Of Clue Take To The Stage

By Grace Wallis, St. Dominic High School

November 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The task of bringing the murder, mystery and mania of Clue Onstage to life as St. Dominic’s 2018 fall play was one which was immediately daunting. Upon the record arrival of talent at auditions, director Melfreya Findley made the decision to turn one cast into two. In an effort to incorporate all...

Florence + The Machine lived up to its high hopes

Florence + The Machine lived up to its high hopes

By Jacqueline Sumida, Downers Grove South High School

November 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

After urgently texting my friends, holding tickets for a half-hour and dropping $300, I finally got to see Florence + The Machine in concert at United Center on Oct. 19. As an avid Florence fan since the 2015 masterpiece “How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” this was the event of a lifetime for me. We...

Hippo Campus and The Districts bring an electric performance to The Pageant

Hippo Campus and The Districts bring an electric performance to The Pageant

By Sabrina Bohn, Parkway West High School

November 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Excited chatter filled the room as fans flowed into The Pageant Tues. Oct. 9, impatiently waiting for The Districts, a Philadelphia based rock band, to open up the show for the even more anticipated Hippo Campus, an indie band from Minnesota. With the release of their new album “Bambi” Sept. 28,...

Money Mitch opens up about music, dreams

Money Mitch opens up about music, dreams

By Hartley Hill, H.B. Plant High School

November 1, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Mitchell Holmes hops on stage, the beat drops and fans in the crowd go wild as they begin singing along to the local rap artist known to most as Money Mitch. What seems like a fantasy to most sophomore boys is just a normal Saturday night for Holmes, pursuing his dream to be famous while continuing to...

Chris Wooding takes a turn for the epic

Chris Wooding takes a turn for the epic

By Ian Fertig, Starr's Mill High School

October 31, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Talented sci-fi and fantasy author Chris Wooding recently released “The Ember Blade,” a massive epic fantasy. This latest release was a magnificent first installment in what is destined to become one of the greatest fantasy series ever. Welcome to Ossia, a sprawling nation under the control of the ne...

Beloved characters return to screen with Supernatural’s 14th season

Beloved characters return to screen with Supernatural’s 14th season

By Pramika Kadari, Coppell High School

October 31, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On Thursday, the 14th season of “Supernatural” premiered with the episode “Stranger in Strange Land”, and although it had interesting aspects, it did not drown me in a plethora of emotions like many other “Supernatural” episodes have. Before the curtains of the previous season closed,...

What makes a good horror movie

What makes a good horror movie

By Owen Cummings, Walnut Hills High School

October 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“I am...Dracula. I bid you… welcome.” These seven words uttered in 1931 by Bela Lugosi in Universal’s Dracula undoubtedly changed the way horror movies were produced. One of the first large-scale horror movies made in the United States, it delivered a substantial paycheck to Universal, and is ...

Nerdy games are cool again

Nerdy games are cool again

By Kristen Choi, California High School

October 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Any true self-professed “nerd” is familiar with the predecessors of all geeky games: “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Magic: The Gathering.”  Despite the popularity of the games decades ago, D&D and “Magic: The Gathering” were notorious for their cult following of nerds who were...

Theater 4 goes Hollywood

Theater 4 goes Hollywood

By Sierra Randel, California High School

October 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Lights, camera, action!  With the addition of a Theater Arts 4 class at Cal High, students passionate about drama can now pursue a more advanced level of acting and receive the opportunity to take acting classes in Hollywood. Unlike other theater classes offered at Cal, the new class allo...

Move Aside “The Kissing Booth”: Lana Condor Shines in New Netflix Rom Com

Move Aside “The Kissing Booth”: Lana Condor Shines in New Netflix Rom Com

By Taila Lee, Woodside High School

October 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Growing up, I watched High School Musical and Hannah Montana like everyone else. I didn’t realize until elementary school that none of the stars I admired looked like me. Yes, I had role models. No, I didn’t have relatable role models. Over the summer, I worked at a library where I handed out free b...

Do You Hear the People Sing? It’s Coming From the PAC

Do You Hear the People Sing? It’s Coming From the PAC

By Emilie Anderson, Sage Creek High School

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

By this time next month, the majority of students at Sage Creek will be confirming the last details of their Halloween plans, carving pumpkins or picking out scary movies to watch with friends. The minority, however, are the theatre kids, who will be preparing for something very different, but just as...

‘Sierra Burgess’ really is, in fact, a big loser

‘Sierra Burgess’ really is, in fact, a big loser

By Kelly Wei, Coppell High School

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The following review may contain spoilers. Following the surprise success of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, it seems the rom-com genre is back on the rise. After falling off the radar for a few years, audiences have come to once again adore light-hearted fluff and sweet romances, wrapped ne...

The Story Behind Entertainment Corps’ 1,001 Stories

The Story Behind Entertainment Corps’ 1,001 Stories

By Emilee Klein, Woodbridge High School

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Figures in bright red, purple and sea green Arabian outfits paint the sky with blue flags and graceful leaps to a soundtrack of mystery and excitement. The Entertainment Corps takes you to an Arabian night with their new theme, “Scheherazade: 1,001 Stories Told.” The field show is based off of the piece, ...

From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

By Natalie Dunlap, West High School

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

He was given a 3x3 Rubik's cube eight years ago. With a few twists it could go from a colorful mess to an organized block of color. He became fascinated with turning the scrambled squares back into their perfect form. “I was interested then, but it was really brief and I just sort of played wit...

“Dear Pretty People,”

“Dear Pretty People,”

By Daniela Esquenazi, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It’s usually on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram where we see the irony—a beautiful person posting a picture of themselves with the caption, “Ugh, I’m so ugly.” These photos are taken flawlessly, precisely during golden hour. Their hair is glowing with the vibrant rays of sunlight, their eyes tw...

Acting out her part

Acting out her part

By Stephanie Rosas, Lewisville High School

October 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The sound of her heart pounding reaches her ears as she walks into a room full of kids ready to audition. She receives her name tag with her audition number and waits 15 agonizing minutes for her name to be called, while nerves rush through her body. A theater student older than her walks in and cal...

Zoe Medlin’s art displayed in D.C.

Zoe Medlin’s art displayed in D.C.

By Maira Nigaar, California High School

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Vibrant colors fill junior Zoe Alyse Medlin’s world as she paints her life, one stroke at a time.  Medlin, a self-taught artist who takes her passion for art outside of school, regularly creates paintings that are representative of ideas or experiences that interest her.    Last ye...

The Benefits of Bloom

The Benefits of Bloom

By Chloe Postlewaite, Woodside High School

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

In eighth grade, while listening to Troye Sivan’s music for the first time, I wondered why it sounded so different from everything I was used to. Then I realized: I had never heard any music about queer people. Growing up, I rarely saw any form of LGBTQ+ representation, and I had never learned ...

Senior oboist Gwyn Allendorph works to make her passion a career

Senior oboist Gwyn Allendorph works to make her passion a career

By Nell Jaskowiak, Parkway West High

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

If you want to find senior Gwyn Allendorph, check a practice room, a stage in Webster Groves or perhaps Powell Hall. An accomplished oboist, Allendorph is currently in four symphonic orchestras and has represented the school in the All-Suburban and All-State Bands. This passion and drive for musi...

Junior Andrew Jolly and senior Ali Yumuk release debut rap album

Junior Andrew Jolly and senior Ali Yumuk release debut rap album

By Lydia Roseman, Parkway West High

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Sparked by a shared interest in music and their favorite rapper Logic, senior Ali Yumuk and junior Andrew Jolly, wrote, recorded and produced their own rap album. After meeting for the first time, the two realized their shared passion and a collaboration began. “I met Ali in ASL class on the f...

Madam Secretary: A Bipartisan Dream

Madam Secretary: A Bipartisan Dream

By Uma Bhat, Green Hope High School

October 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The fifth season of “Madam Secretary” began airing on CBS October 7th, 2018. Despite a significant drop in ratings during the fourth season of the acclaimed show, Madam Secretary has consistently had not only a strong viewership, but also an increasingly bold view on politics -- one that might just be needed in the real world. “I’m fully prepared to ...

‘Sweetener’ review: Grande’s fourth album is anything but bland

‘Sweetener’ review: Grande’s fourth album is anything but bland

By Anthony Cesario, Coppell High School

October 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“It’s kind of about bringing light to a situation or to someone’s life, or somebody else who brings light to your life or sweetening the situation,” Ariana Grande told Jimmy Fallon in May, after revealing the title of her fourth studio album to be Sweetener. The title felt appropriate; with...

Evan Ajuria becomes the youngest to sell at the Art and Wine Festival

Evan Ajuria becomes the youngest to sell at the Art and Wine Festival

By Leela Stuepfert, Carlmont High School in Belmont, California

October 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

At an art show, one wouldn't expect to find a teenager selling their artwork, but a sophomore from Carlmont has strived to break that stereotype. The annual Art and Wine Festival, held in San Carlos, assembled various individuals to sell their works of art. Evan Ajuria, a sophomore, was among them. ...

“Next Up, RYANVIII:” Junior Ryan Dowling is making waves in the music world

“Next Up, RYANVIII:” Junior Ryan Dowling is making waves in the music world

By Christina Taxiarchis, Wayland High School

October 18, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

To most people other than the 1600 or so followers he has accumulated on SoundCloud, the name "RYANVIII" may not be a common one. However, that may change in the near future. Junior Ryan Dowling, who goes by RYANVIII in the music world, started producing songs at age 15 and has already made himself known...

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